SUSE Linux to Become a Java (tm) Source Licensee and Distribute Sun's Java,
Sun to Distribute SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
SANTA CLARA, Calif. and OAKLAND, Calif. 08/01/2003 Sun
Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: SUNW) and SUSE Linux today announced a global
alliance to expand the reach of Java(tm) technology and SUSE Linux in the
rapidly growing market for open systems. Under the terms of the agreement,
SUSE commits to become a Java 2 Standard Edition source licensee and to
distribute Sun's Java Virtual Machine(tm) (JVM) to further expand the
deployment of the world's most popular application environment. In support
of this global alliance, Sun will sell, ship and provide full customer
support for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 on Sun's x86 systems.
"This agreement further demonstrates the accelerating momentum of Java and
Sun's support for the open community," said Jonathan Schwartz, executive
vice president, software, Sun Microsystems. "Sun values SUSE expertise and
welcomes them to the Java community and we look forward to working with them
to grow the global marketplace. Through this collaboration and Sun's
continued commitment to open systems, customers benefit from greater choice
Today's announcement underscores Sun's commitment to deliver choice,
innovation and value to customers through greater application availability
with Java everywhere. Sun continues to develop a broad range of alliances
with partners in the Linux community to tune and distribute Sun's latest
version of the Java Virtual Machine (JVM) with their Linux distributions.
By becoming a Java 2(tm) source licensee, SUSE joins Sun in a partnership to
provide high performing Java based customer solutions for the SUSE platform.
"SUSE continues to shake up the traditional IT world with open source
innovation as we expand our partner channels to provide customers true
business value and choice," said Richard Seibt, CEO, SUSE Linux. "Corporate
customers want alternatives. Under our new partnership with Sun, we're
delivering user-friendly, flexible solutions that will drive significant
business advantages for customers and open up new opportunities for both Sun
The joint offering from SUSE and Sun provides customers with fully supported
Java and Linux solutions. In collaboration with SUSE Sun will provide
global services and support for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 on Sun's x86
systems and will support SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 on select
third-party SUSE certified hardware. Sun will also support customers in
heterogeneous environments including Solaris(tm) OS and Trusted Solaris(tm),
the Solaris x86 Platform Edition, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 8, as well as
other Sun supported Linux offerings. Sun will continue to support all
existing Sun Linux customers to ensure their business continuity and
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